Monthly Archives: December 2012

It’s the end of the year so as many bloggers will, here is a quick review of my year and whats ahead.

Looking back


I got back into my collecting in a big way. I started a blog and made some great trades. The collecting community is huge and for the most part the people are great. I made some great progress on my main collection.

Below is my overview sheet. Green = complete set, yellow = in progress and red = not started.


9 times this year I managed to complete a set. Including my favorite the 78-79 OPC Hockey.

The last column above represents when the last date was that I added a card from that set. Nearly all the yellows got at least 1 new card from the set added this year.

Goals for 2013 are new to me. I’ve never really set them with my collection but here goes.

1) More blog entries – try to write a minimum of 2 posts a week.

2) No more Red on the OPC list – At least one card from every set.

3) Complete at least 5 new sets (the low hanging fruit was finished off this year). 

4) Get to at least 25% of my White Whale

5) Average at least 1 trade per month.

And most importantly..

Clean off my desk!!


Happy New Year and all the best to anyone reading this.



Along with the the pursuit of the White Whale I have 2 active sets on the go. The 1977-78 OPC Hockey and the 1975-76 Set.

The most recent pick up was this Marcel Dionne 4th year card for a whopping 3 bucks. It shows the characteristic off-centreing that we have come to know and love from OPC sets of the era.


Marcel Dionne was very underated in my opinion. This card is the first of him in a Kings uniform. I think had he stayed in Detroit he would have gotten more press and exposure.


The Triple crown line of Dionne, Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor was outstanding, but Kings teams just could not compete. All teams in this era were in the Shadow of the Canadians Dynasty, followed by the Islanders and then the Oilers. It was especially hard for Western teams to get any traction behind the Oilers & Jets in the early 80’s.

I love the look of these cards. Simple design front and back.

I’ve had this debate before. Mostly with myself, but once with another person, on whether Box Bottoms count as part of a set.

To me it’s clear they although they do not count as part of the base set they definitely count when doing a master set.

I remember the 85-86 OPC box bottoms. It was Super Mario’s RC and you could get a neat variation on the bottom of of a box. It was the first box of cards I ever bought and I made sure to get the box with Mario on it.

For the 2012-13 OPC Set their are 2 versions of the box bottoms.

The Blaster Box bottoms consist of 2 cards and come in 3 options. They use the base card format for the cards.

I bought a blaster pack and picked this one IMG_0711[1]
becuase it had my Martin Brodeur, one of my favorite players.

The other options are Sidney Crosby & Jonathan Toews, or Alex Ovechkin & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

The Hobby/Retail Box consists of 4 cards and comes in 4 options. They use the Retro look for these cards.

1 Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, John Tavares, Tim Thomas
2 Alex Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Henrik Lundqvist, Gabriel Landeskog
3 Steven Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Claude Giroux, Carey Price
4 Jonathan Toews, Martin Brodeur, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal

2012-13 OPC Box Bottom w Crosby, Datsyuk, Tavares & Thomas

2012-13 OPC Box Bottom w Crosby, Datsyuk, Tavares & Thomas

Datsyuk is another personal fav, and the fact he is paired with Crosby made this the one to get first..although the Brodeur panel looks good as well.

Thats 2 items (or 6 cards) off The White Whale. If you can help with the other 3000 + cards missing please let me know.

A Master Set.

Is it the Holy Grail of Collectors or a delusional unattainable dream?

I’ve completed 12 sets this year after getting back into my collection after a few years of light involvement. But a Master Set of 1979-80 OPC is only 396 cards. There are few inserts, parallels, redemptions or Short prints in sets before 2000 so it’s fairly straight forward. It’s just a matter of finding the cards you need.

So why go for a Master Set of anything more recent? Well for me it’s the challenge. Not many people are attempting it so why not go for it. Plus it gives me a reason to trade for newer stuff as I find it harder and harder to trade for the older stuff I need.

So here it goes. I’ve thrown down the gauntlet to myself. I am going to go for the OPC Hockey 2012-13 Master Set.


Why this set? Honestly it was the strike. I made a vow to not buy any new product after this set (it came out just before the strike started). So why not go out with a bang. A challenge of epic proportions.

I could be crazy, I could be overly ambitious but lets review this post at the end of 2013 and see how it looks.

By my count the set would be 3,625 cards. (Please correct me if i am wrong)

As of December 15th, 2012, I am at 479 cards. So just a smidgen over 13% down.

Base: 376/600 = 63%
Retro Parallel: 55/600 = 9%
Rainbow Foil: 16/600 = 2%
Black Rainbow #’d/100: 4/600 =.06%
Red Border #.’d/100: 0
All Stars:0
Stickers:19/100 = 19%
League Leaders: 4/9 =44%
Black & White: 0
Pop Ups:4/50 = 8%
Logo Patch Cards: 0
OPC Signatures: 1/30 = 3%
Team Canada Signatures: 0
Buybacks: 0
Sport Royalty: 0
Bonus Autographs: 0
Blaster Box Bottoms:
Hobby Box Bottoms:
Marquee Legend Gold:0

To track the progress I’ve started a separate page

Please go over and check it out and let me know if you can help. I figure the first 1000 or so cards should be fairly easy.


I was born in 1972 so I was 6 when this set was released. It’s the probably the oldest set I ever remember seeing. I’m not sure if I would have actually bought these cards, but my older brother most certainly did.

And now, 34+ years later I have completed the set! I was just missing a few cards and picked them up at the Toronto Sports Card Expo a few weeks back.

The most expensive was the Montreal Canadians team card at 3$.

Yay for me. My oldest complete set


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Lots of interesting things going on and lots of new cards to add to the collection. I’m at the point where pretty much all my friends bring me their old stuff and if they see something they will grab it for me.

I was pretty stoked when my friend brought me back some cards from his childhood home a few months back. It was a handful of 71-72 OPC Hockey.

Before that he had given me two storage bins of random 80’s OPC hockey (including a Gretzky RC and more).

So when he texted me to say he found some more cards at his parents house I was excited and intrigued with possibilities.

You can’t win them all though. This time it was a small grocery bag with about 100 cards. Beat up Score from 90-91 and Proset.

Not a keeper in the bunch except this one.

PSD Stryker



This is a 2nd edition card. Which means there must have been a 1st addition that someone thought was a success.

I can imagine some child found at the crime scene. Mom screaming hysterically, mom’s boyfriend in handcuffs being lead away. And then the nice police man offers him something to help him forget the trauma he has witnessed.

“Here you go son”

“Gee Thanks Officer, now all I need is Constable Smith’s special issue Retirement Party Card for the whole set!”